South Swell Double Ipa | Surf Brewery

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South Swell Double IpaSouth Swell Double Ipa

Brewed by:
Surf Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 64
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange appearance, thin 1/3" off white head. Great amounts of funky Nelson aroma, Nelson also seems to be the biggest variation of hop out there, sometimes its great, sometimes it just isnt. Both times I've had this, it smelled great, just as good as Alpine.

Lots of tropical fruit hoppy taste without a ton of bitterness, the caramel notes, while substantial, are not distracting, they help tame the bitterness, heat and Nelson hop somewhat.

Very impressed.

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Photo of herbz0r
1.87/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what happened to this beer. I just purchased the beer at Costco (as I have many times before) and this batch is very different in a bad way. It's darker in color and I can only smell malt and DIACETYL! I hate to say that I had to dump this beer as I couldn't stand to drink it. I always loved this beer but will not buy this again for a few months to see if they can get this beer fixed. Very disappointed...

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- 22 oz. bomber poured into Black Tuesday whiskey snifter on 2-Jan-15

Decent citrus juice notes, but overall too malty. It's borderline BW. This is a typical DIPA that's straight up just OK.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Rich, Translucent Copper verging on amber; Fluffy, off-white head; Fast dissipating; Good Lace; Minimal Carbonation activity.
Smell: Dank; Honey; Grapefruit; Orange Rind; Caramel Malts;
Taste: Light Caramel; Honey; Citrus in back; Short finish… lacks the nice lingering bitterness.
Mouth-feel: Medium Carbonation; Slightly syrupy¬—honey like; medium body
Overall: Really good malt-forward DIPA; Many will enjoy this beer, but it’s a little too syrupy and malty for me. The wonderful aroma is not held up by the taste

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Color is the typical orangey amber, but a little hazy. Pours a lively big head in the wine glass with plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Aroma of flowery and piney hops.

Spicy hoppy taste to start. A little soapy. A fair amount of malt, but overall this is quite sharp and acidic. Some of the leafy, dank taste with a hint of sparkly fermented pineapple in the mouthfeel. The flavor ends up being all about the grapefruit peel. More bitter than I want to drink very much of.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark golden orange, huge head and fantastic lacing

S: Dry, spicy, earthy and tropical fruits

T: Earthy, floral, fruity, dry, bitter, some toasted malt. 9% is hidden well

M: Great body, not to thick. Resiny

O: Really good DIPA...Helps that it was just bottled this week! My second favorite central coast IPA after Double Jack

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Photo of brentusaurus
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They finally bottled this one! Poured into a snifter.

A: A nice clear golden orange, almost peachy, with minimal head and lacing

S: Nice tropical fruits indicative of Nelson hops, citrus, a hint of pine, and a touch of booziness

T: Same as the nose, but with a slight toasty malt finish, great tropical fruit flavors

M: Medium bodied, not too thick or syrupy, can't taste the booze in this one at all, a pleasant but sharp bitterness at the end of the sip that coats the roof of my mouth

O: Very good DIPA, much better than I remembered the first time I had it at the brewery on tap. Super fresh, bottled yesterday! Definitely worth the try if you're in the area.

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Photo of Gilmango
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away, this was the tastiest IPA or DIPA I found on my recent trip to LA. More golden than orange, huge aroma of pink grapefruit, sweet malt gives way to nice bitterness with a dry finish. I liked their PA as well, good brewery to keep an eye out for.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Ventura Brewpub on 1.25.2012

A - Served a medium to light cloudy orange with a smaller near white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Very fruity and sweet. Floral as well.

T - Sweet citrus fruit and soapy. Not the best taste I have had from an ipa.

D - Good carbonaton and an average body. A bitter bitter.

O - Started off great, but the taste was too soapy and floral for me to enjoy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and somewhat subdued tropical fruit flavors. A high level of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a super crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but the bitterness is somewhat high.

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Photo of charlzm
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 5th, 2011 at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is medium gold with a proper one finger white head.

Aroma has an unfortunate ammonia component (simcoe hops?). Also has a solvent note in addition to the more agreeable red grapefruit and pine.

Flavor is sweet crystal malt followed by all kinds of hop flavors: pepper, pine, red grapefruit. Bitter on finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and slightly dry.

Drinkability is not hampered by the off-notes in the nose, though you need to enjoy strong hop flavor to like this one.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent little brewery puts put a great DIPA.
Pours golden copper with spotting lacing.
A fruit bomb on the nose. Smells awesome. Mangos, pineapple, grapefruit.
Sweet fruits first then a rip of delicious hop bitterness that lasts.
One way to win over us west coasters is a great DIPA. Score one point Ventura Brewering.

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Photo of Srsly
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms, believe it or not

A - gold colored and cloudy, it has that glow that lots of great DIPAs have. Head was big and off-white, but didn't stick around as long as I might have liked. Plenty of lacing.

S - I really liked the smell of this brew a lot. I feel like the Nelson hops are really obvious (as they should be), and though I haven't had a ton of beers that feature them prominently the smell was immediately recognizable, much like Alpine Nelson. I got plenty of pine, but also some tropical fruit and the ever-popular cat smell. Awesome.

T - The taste, i thought, actually leaned more towards the fruit side of things instead of the pine, which was very pleasant. I also got a little bit of herb or earthiness that I didn't really get in the nose. The malt is present but not at all dominant, in an excellent way. The finish is big and powerfully bitter.

M - Richer and a little more viscous than I expected, but still excellent.

O - I was very very impressed with this beer. I agree with the reviewer below who compared it broadly to a double version of Nelson. It was the first thing I've had from Surf Brewery, and now I really want to check out their other stuff. An all around stellar brew. Ventura, here I come.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a goblet.

Hazy orange-peel liquid rests beneath a fat tower of shiny dense seashell cream. Pasty lacing, excellent retention.

Potent hops in the nose - herbaceous, catty, pine-sap, durian, gooseberries, passion fruit, and grapefruit seeds combine in an olfactory assault. Unusual and singular.

Very unique flavor profile as well - intensely fruity, floral and spicy. Moderately bitter, though any cutting quality (103 IBUs) is kept in check by unique malt counter-melodies. Olive oil, avocado, sandalwood, and other spicy oddities play with the palate into the finish.

Soft, slick, and rich with a pleasant prickly acidity.

A superb showcase of ingredients (Galaxy and Nelson hops along with two strains of caramel malt) with few easy analogs in terms of the flavor profile. All this while still punchy enough to satisfy the most demanding hop-heads. Happy to see they can produce a big daring brew in addition to their more session-able ales.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the tapper at blue palms. Orange and bright, looks like i like em

Amazing nelson hop aroma, armpits and hops.

Notes of beach fruit, mango and pineappke, just massive hop presence with mild bitterness.

Can u say best new dipa of 2011? Watch out for these guys, if they were from anywhere else, this would be going through lots off hype and a top 100 appearance.

If u like alpine nelson, this is for u. Its like double nelson

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South Swell Double Ipa from Surf Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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